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DA reaffirms its position against amending Constitution for land reform

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says land reform should not become a racially charged debate. He adds land reform & land tenure policies should also attract investment & create jobs.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane at the DA congress on Saturday 8 March 2018. Picture: Twitter/@Our_DA

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has reiterated its position against amending the Constitution to facilitate land expropriation without compensation.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says land reform should not become a racially charged debate.

He says the party's recent federal congress has resolved that Section 25 of the Constitution should be protected.

The public has been invited to make submissions to Parliament's constitutional review committee on whether the Constitution should be amended.

Maimane said: “The Constitution is not a hindrance to this process. Kgalema Motlanthe highlights that it’s above corruption, incompetence and a lack of funding that slows down this process.”

Maimane added land reform and land tenure policies should also attract investment and create jobs.

“We need to commit to the pursuit of justice and redress land reform not by making the state proxy for land ownership, but it should ensure that those entitled to land receive it in the form of direct ownership with adequate support.”

The constitutional review committee must report back to Parliament by 30 August.

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